Making Pollen Patties
Fall feeding of pollen supplement can really help a colony overwinter well and emerge in the Spring raring to go! It can also be used in early Spring to kick-start brood rearing. When it IS used this way, it needs to be continued until the bees are consistently bringing in pollen on their own.|
The simplest way to offer a pollen supplement is to use a commercial mix. I have used Mega-Bee quite successfully and like that it can be offered as a patty or a liquid.
But some of us just HAVE to "tinker" a bit, and that recipe needs a few ingredients not usually found in the local grocery store! My pollen patty recipe is based on a number of others, most especially Randy Oliver's commercial recipe, but in a quantity more in keeping with the needs of smaller beekeepers. This recipe makes approximately 25 pounds of patties.
Please note: If you are using my pollen patty recipe for queen rearing, I STRONGLY recommended that you omit the essential oils from the mix, as they may interfere with successful queen mating. EOs are believed to possibly mask or alter the queen's scent during her mating flight.
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